The Forest Hills High School Foreign Language Department is led by Assistant Principal Raul Macias. His office in located in room 312. A.P. Macias is available from 7:00am to 3:00pm.
In an increasingly interdependent world, the ability to communicate in languages other than English is a fundamental part of all students’ educational experience. The primary aims of foreign language instruction are to develop functional communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language, to broaden students’ understanding and appreciation of different cultures, and to provide students with additional skills which will be useful in their career selection. In order to prepare our students to become active participants in the world, teachers utilize differentiated instruction, videotapes, cultural studies, journal writing, project work, plays and trips to enhance the student learning experience. Films, music, news media, and Internet resources offer virtual linguistic and cultural immersion, and they provide material for in-class discussions and special activities. It is through these means that all foreign language teachers at Forest Hills High School expand students’ cultural awareness and literacy. It is our belief that by doing so, they not only learn about others, but at the same time they improve their knowledge of their own language through comparison and contrast with the foreign language. The Language Department at Forest Hills High School offers five-year sequences in French and Spanish, four-year sequences in Italian and Hebrew, and a one year introduction to Latin. Native Language Art classes are also offered in Spanish to all Spanish speaking students. Advanced Placement courses are offered in Spanish Language and Literature and French. Passing the AP exams will likely confer credit and advanced placement in college.
Please view our other pages to see information regarding our course offerings.
The Foreign Language Department has developed a uniform grading policy. Please see the attached document below.
Please click HERE to view samples of our students work in all foreign languages that we teach.
Seal of Biliteracy
The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes
high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening,
speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to
English. The intent of the NYSSB is to
encourage the study of languages; identify high school graduates with language
and biliteracy skills for employers; provide universities with additional
information about applicants seeking admission; prepare students with
twenty-first century skills; recognize the value of foreign and native language
instruction in schools; and affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual
HEREto access the website
The following 91 students received the Seal of Biliteracy Awards on Wednesday 6/5/19. Congratulations!
French National Contest (5/2/19)
2019 - 2020 French National Exam
Congratulations to the following students for having been selected to receive special awards for their high scores in the French National Exam this year. The awards for students in the city’s top 10% will be given in a formal ceremony at the Lycée Français. This is a high honor. These students have competed with the entire New York Metropolitan area and received very high scores.
We extend our congratulations to all other students who have also participated and to our teachers of French, Ms. Owens and Ms. Knafou, for Forest Hills High School’s participation in the French National Contest and for preparing our student with such high standards.
Japan Exchange Trip (2/27/19)
On February 12th-20th, fourteen students from Forest Hills High School traveled to Nagoya, Japan, to participate in an exchange program with the Chukyo University High School. Located in the Pacific coast of the island of Honshu, Nagoya is the largest city in the central region, called Chubu, and the fourth largest in Japan in terms of population density.
Chukyo students prepared a thorough program which allowed our students to experience many aspects of Japanese culture and education. They participated in sports activities, such as Japanese archery, tennis, table tennis, and attended real classes like English, Japanese Literature, Math, and even a Home Economics class, in which students cooked several dishes from scratch. Students visited Kyoto, Nagoya Castle, and Toyota Museum.
The highlight of the trip was sharing four days with the Japanese families in their homes. Students had the great opportunity of living like a local and, what’s more important, create life-lasting bonds with their Japanese host families.
Special thanks to Ms. Higashide, our Japanese teacher, and the other two chaperones, Ms. Amanda Lee and Ms. Staci Quinn -they did an amazing job. They report that our 14 students were excellent ambassadors of Forest Hills High School.
See our album page for photos from the trip